It's fine time for the sweet tooth to be in London, with the opening of Cakes & Bubbles, helmed by Albert Adria of the legendary elBulli fame. Housed in Hotel Cafe Royal on Regent Street, the dessert haven features a selection of treats that carry Adria's playful yet precise approach that characterises his other restaurants like Tickets. 41C, Pakta and Enigma. Standout desserts include house-made donuts, fruit cakes, 'Airwaffles' with caramelised bananas, and chocolate Japanese nigyo-yaki cake balls. If there's only one thing to try, it's The Cheese Cake, a signature creation made with coulommiers cheese, hazelnut and white chocolate. Other must-haves are the selection of bubblies that range from affordably priced cavas to vintage Krug and Dom Perignon.
Part bar, part art space, W Kuala Lumpur's Yen wows patrons with its imperial ambience, elevated by an avant-garde concept and a harmonious dining experience. Although inspired by age-old traditions, diners can expect imaginative interpretations of Cantonese cuisine such as decadent dim sum offerings that include pairings of foie gras, chicken and crispy yam, chicken siew mai with black truggle, and deep-fried cod fillet with cili padi cheese and spicy sauce. Not to be missed is the Braised Whole Abalone with Nepalesa Rock Rice, Organic Quinoa and Crispy Rice as well as a wide selection of fresh seafood. All meals are paired with some of the world's most exquisite Chinese teas. Private rooms with panoramic views of the city are available for functions, celebratory luncheons and intimate get-together.
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Make your next drink a world-class one when you drop by Melbourne's Bar Lume, which made the news when its resident bartender, Orlando Marzo, beat 10,000 others to be named the World Class Global Bartender of the Year for 2018. Previously attached to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Marzo leads the way in creating cocktails in the form of seasonal creations like the Olive Oil Royale (mandarin-pressed olive oil liqueur, sparkling wine, green tea extract), as well as innovative takes on classic like the Wattle Seed Negroni (roasted wattleseed, Tangueray No. 10, Campari, Mancino Rosso Amaranto). non-alcoholic drinkers will have a great time too; the zero-proof cocktails are no less impressive, featuring house creations like the Single Origin (ice-cold Houjicha, vanilla vinegar, apple smoke). For the full experience, opt for the Lume Looking Glass cocktail flight, which features four of Orlando's favourite recipes, with snacks from the kitchen.
Find rest amidst thriving tropical foliage at Alila Villas Koh Russey, just 4.5 kilometres off the coast of Sihanoukville. With just 50 pavilions and 13 villas on 24 hectares of lush grounds, this low-density boutique resort makes for a quiet getaway for families and honeymoon couples alike. The environmentally sustainable resort offers wellness and rejuvenation through its beachfront Spa Alila, featuring signature treatments that include local Khmer healing techniques. Guests will love the complimentary daily yoga and Tai Chi classes, as well as the infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Enjoy French and Khmer cuisines at speciality restaurants Horizon and the Beach Shack respectively, and explore southern Cambodia with complimentary shuttle boat transfers to the mainland.
A night out doesn't have to be a pricey affair at Los Flowerpecker, Damansara Uptown's newest cocktail bar that specialises in low-ABV drinks (typically less than 20 percent alcohol by volume) and European vermouths like Dolin, La Quintinye and Carpano. Conceptualised by Shawn Chong, one of KL's top bartenders and the co-founder of Omakase + Appreciate, Los Flowerpecker features a wide selection of light spritzes (you can't go wrong with an Aperol Spritz), Martinis and Americanos that are prices between USD4.80 to USD6.00 (RM20 to RM25), making it one of the city's more affordable cocktail bars. The colourful Latin American-themed bar is also not short of rum-and tequila-based classics such as mojitos, daiquiris and frozen margaritas, as well as nachos and other bar bites for a fun night out without the hangover.
6- HONG KONG
Resembling an urban oasis, the newly opened Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel is designed to provide a quality holiday experience for families. In addition to access to exclusive Ocean park benefits, the resort's special M Passport programme encourages parent-child bonding by offering rewards for participation in fun activities such as seashell art, scavenger hunts and dinner events. Surrounded by three hotel wings, the large lagoon pools make for a cool spot to play and relax. For adults, the executive M Club is an exclusive space to work and enjoy premium services for breakfast, evening cocktails and premium drinks. Guests are also spoiled for choice when it comes to having a meal, with options for all-day dining, an extensive international buffet, Cantonese specialities, American steakhouse and cocktails to satiate one's appetite.
Modern, chic and contemporary, G Hotel Gurney is conveniently positioned in a prime location along the iconic Gurney Drive, between Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon shopping malls and near the famous Gurney Drive open-air hawker centre. The 312 spacious rooms are stylishly furnished with Camerich lifestyle furniture from the U.K., Serta Royal Platinum Mattresses, 300 thread count linen, Herman Miller designer work-chairs and 55-inch smart HD LED televisions to provide elevated levels of comfort for both business travellers and holidaymakers. Restaurant and bar options are in abundance outside the hotel and within, at the G Lounge, Taste Cafe, the alfresco Tree Bar and the G Pool Bar. With an executive lounge for affluent travellers, a state-of-the-art 24-hour gym and a large infinity pool, G Hotel Gurney is the place to go for a relaxing retreat within Penang's urban sprawl.
Facing a spectacular view of the South China Sea, the Capella Sanya is set to take travellers through an exquisite hospitality experience. Celebrated luxury resort architects Jean-Michel Gathy and Bill Bensley drew inspiration from the rich culture surrounding China's historical Maritime Silk Road to create this extraordinary contemporary holiday haven along a secluded beach on the southern edge of Hainan Island. Be spoiled for comfort in 190 spacious rooms and villas surrounded by wide, lush gardens and let tired bodies be rejuvenated through a selection of spa treatments inspired by Eastern traditions. With private pools, terrace dining and dedicated service, Capella Sanya is set to redefine hospitality standards.
Tucked away by the sea in Kuala Rompin, Pahang is Lanjut Beach & Golf Resort, and idyllic getaway for both business and leisure travellers. The 196-room resort boasts a contemporary design, with a striking double height lobby, bespoke interiors and sweeping public spaces. Choose from a variety of rooms catering to different needs, such as the spacious Junior Suite or the Superior Twin Room, which comes with connectivity options for families. The Anjung Brasserie Coffee House offers mouthwatering local favourites as well as fresh seafood dishes, while Cafe Strada carries freshly baked pastries and snacks. Take a stroll on the resort's private beach, which features a unique 'mirror' phenomenon at certain times of the day. There are two pools for guests to enjoy - a half Olympic - sized pool and a children's pool with fun water features. Meanwhile, golfing enthusiasts will want to head to the 18-hole par-72 golf course, located adjacent to the resort's accommodation. Fun recreational activities, such as beach sports, fishing activities, jungle trekking, firefly watching and clam picking can be arranged on request. For business meetings and corporate retreats, the resort has a fully furnished ballroom, meeting rooms and flexible setups for events of any kind.
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